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Number three on the "top ten" list of Supreme Court decisions...



Item # 647599

March 20, 1819

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 20, 1819  Close to eight pages of this issue are taken up with what one website lists as number 3 of "The Ten Most Significant Supreme Court Decisions Of All Time" (#2 is Roe vs. Wade; #1 is the Dred Scott Decision).
This is the case of McCulloch vs. the state Maryland, the text headed: "Bank of the United States - In the Supreme Court of the United States", with the lengthy text containing the Chief Justice's opinion, he being John Marshall. This landmark decision concerns the right of Maryland to tax a branch of the federal bank operating within its borders. This fundamental case established the following two principles: 1) that the Constitution grants to Congress implied powers for implementing the Constitution's express powers in order to create a functional national government and: 2) that state action may not impede valid constitutional exercises of power by the federal government.
Nice to have this report in a newspaper so close to Washington, D.C.
Sixteen pages, 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches, very nice condition.

This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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